Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ancient Egypt

We are currently studying Ancient Egypt.  Our resident skeleton, "George", is dressed up as a pharaoh.  Part of the classroom has bedsheet "walls" full of images and heiroglyphs. 

Students are working on waterfall booklets which will be due this week.

Friday, October 5, 2012

New Books Added to Shelfari!

Have you recently visited my Shelfari, found to the right of this page?  If not, do take a look!  I just added 56 books that I have read....yes, you read it correctly!   Most are science fiction or science fantasy.  I have read ALL of them!

The wonderful thing about Shelfari is that you can import books you have bought on Amazon.  Since I do a lot of shopping there, I was able to go back two years in my purchase history to find the books I wanted to include.

If you read one of these books, do let me know. I'd love to know what your opinion is of the book(s) you read.

Books on my night stand:
The Mark of Athena
Hush, Hush

Books I have preordered:
Through the Ever Night

So many books...so little time!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Math Class Small Groups

Ever wonder how we do our math lessons?  We use the CMP math series.  This series is heavy in problem solving and group work.

We start our math class with a warm-up activity. The warm-up question can be about a concept already taught or one that will be taught that day. Students are expected to try to solve the question/problem.  After a few minutes work time, student can either share their answers or I guide the students to reach the correct answer.

After the warm-up, the homework assignment is reviewed (if one was given).  If not, we proceed to the Explore section of our text. This is where students work with their table partners to investigate problem questions related to the current concept being studied.  When students have complete their exploration of the investigation, students share math results and ask questions. Afterwards, the assignment is given and explained.  Assignments are always written on the assignment board.  It is expected that students copy their assignments into their agendas on a daily basis.

In addition to the Explore section of the lesson, students sometimes meet with me on a one-to-one basis for reteaching/reinforcement.  They may also partner with other students for enrichment, depending on their interests or needs or perhaps to work on projects given.

Below you will see a short video of students working together with their table partners during the Explore time.